For those of us who rely on contact lenses to navigate our daily lives, it’s tempting to keep wearing them even when we shouldn’t. One common offense is wearing our contacts in the water. While it may seem harmless, it can actually pose several risks to one’s eye health. In this post, Insight Vision Center Optometry discusses why you should think twice before taking the plunge with your contacts on.
The Risks of Wearing Contact Lenses in Water
Who wants to disrupt their swim with bothersome eye issues? Unfortunately, water can warp the shape of contact lenses, leading to uncomfortable fit and blurry vision. But beyond discomfort, there’s also a risk factor that carries more weight: eye infections. Water, be it from swimming pools, oceans, lakes, or your shower, harbors bacteria and microorganisms, which can contaminate your lenses and lead to eye infections.
The Science Behind the Risks
Contact lenses are like sponges; they absorb what they come into contact with. This includes water and any potentially harmful microorganisms it contains. Once these pathogens attach to your contacts, they can get transferred to your eyes and cause infections.
Alternatives to Wearing Contact Lenses in Water
So, what can you do when you rely on corrective lenses to see but love water activities? Here at Insight Vision Center Optometry, we have a solution: scleral lenses. Our scleral lenses provide a safe, comfortable alternative that mitigates the risks associated with traditional contact lenses and water activities.
Even with scleral lenses, it’s essential to take additional precautions. A pair of well-fitted swim goggles can offer an extra layer of protection. Plus, regular check-ups and preventative care can help maintain healthy vision overall. Think of it as your eyes’ personal fitness routine.
Protect Your Vision Now
While it might seem convenient to dive into the water with your contact lenses in, doing so can expose your eyes to unnecessary risks. However, by investing in regular eye exams and proper contact lens care, you can enjoy your water activities and keep your eyes safe. Give Insight Vision Center Optometry a call at (714) 486-3315 or schedule an appointment by completing our contact form today. We also offer vision therapy.